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DEAD OR ALIVE 2: BIRDS (Miike Takashi, 2001)
Dead or Alive 2: Birds, is far from a traditional sequel. Mizuki, a crack hitman fond of painfully loud shirts, is hired by an enigmatic magician played by Shinya Tsukamoto, director of the Tetsuo fi… Read more

DEAR SUMMER SISTER (Nagisa Oshima, 1972)
Oshima, the celebiated director of Boy, the Ceremony, and Diary of a Shinkuju Thief, probes the effects of the USA occupation on the indigenous culture of the inhabitants of Okinawa, and explores the… Read more

delamu (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2004)
"The 'Tea Horse Route' is the highest and most perilous of China's ancient trading routes, originating in western Yunnan, ascending the Tibetan plateau, winding through the Himalayas into Nepal, Bhut… Read more

DELBARAN (Abolfazl Jalili, 2001)
Opening this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival, acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abolfazl Jalili's latest film (supported through the Hubert Bals Fund for innovative talent in developing countr… Read more

DEMON POND (Masahiro Shinoda, 1979)
A stranger appears in a drought stricken area His appearance is greeted with mysterious suspicion. He arrives deep in the mountains and encounters a beautiful woman He notices that the river flows an… Read more

DETECTIVE BUREAU 2-3: GO TO HELL, BASTARDS! (Seijun Suzuki, 1963)
The global phenomenon of James Bond is an archetypal instance of 60s audiovisual brashness. The sheer loudness and pictorial noise of the first Bond films and their ironic self-consciousness reverber… Read more

DISTANCE (Hirokazu Kore-eda, )
A massacre initiated by the followers of an apocalyptic religious sect has left more than 100 people dead - including the self-appointed executioners slain by fellow cult members. Three years have p… Read more

DODES'KA-DEN (Akira Kurosawa, 1970)
Akira Kurosawa's first film in five years centres on the inhabitants of a shanty-town society. ... The town is little more than an ugly array of metal sheets and tar paper shacks resembling the city … Read more

DOING TIME (Sai Yoichi, 2002)
A prison movie like no other, this amiable biographical film is a sheer delight. Cult manga author Hanawa Kazuichi spend three years in jail, for possession of replica guns he used in simulated battl… Read more

Dojoji Temple (Kihachiro Kawamoto, 1976)
This animated film is based on an ancient tale about a young widow who falls In love with a monk who shuns her attentions. She sets out in pursuit, and finally, in the guise of a big white snake catc… Read more

DOLLS (Kitano Takeshi, 2002)
The latest work from iconoclast Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi (Hana-Bi, MIFF 1998) weaves together three stories of undying love, delicately intertwined by the beauty of sadness and inspired by the emotions … Read more

DOPPELGANGER (Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 2004)
Doppelganger (Dopperugenga) JapanDescribed by Screen International as 'Japan's cult master of bizarre mystery', Kurosawa Kiyoshi unleashes Doppelganger, an intense fusion of macabre horror, dread and… Read more

DORA-HEITA (Kon Ichikawa, 1999)
Based on a script written by Akira Kurosawa, Dora-Heita is directed by his 85-year-old friend and collaborator, Kon Ichikawa and returns to a golden age of Samurai sagas. Koheita Mochizuki is a samur… Read more

DOUBLE SUICIDE (Masahiro Shinoda, 1969)
Masahiro Shinoda made his first film in 1960, and was immediately hailed as one of the Japanese New Wave. Since then he has made fourteen films, the most recent of which is Double Suicide, which, lik… Read more

Double Trouble (Peter Callas, 1986)
A tape which uses a two frame animation technique developed on the Fairlight CVI. This technique emphasises body movement as a 'decoder' of culture. ... Read more

DRAGON HEAD (Joji ""George"" Iida, 2004)
D Joji 'George' Iida P Takashi Hirano S Masaru Nakamura, Hiroshi Saito, Joji 'George' Iida WS Pony Canyon Inc. L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/Col/2003/122minsJoji 'George' Iida was born in Su… Read more

Dream Running (Kanai Katsu, 1987)
"Today dinner plates of the Japanese family are occupied by the plasuc food sold m supermarkets In cinemas it's ail the same This is the stams quo of Japan, a wretched economic giant I myself, being … Read more

Drop (Osamu Tezuka, 1965)
A companion piece of sorts to Mermaid, Drop utilizes similar brush and wash backgrounds, but stylizes its central protagonist in broader caricature. Tezuka made this film in one week as a demonstrati… Read more

ECSTACY OF THE ANGELS (Kôji Wakamatsu, 1969)
On its release, a mass media campaign was waged against the release of Ecstasy of the Angels accusing the film of inflaming ‘random terrorism'. ... Known as the ‘Pink Godfather'- referring to his… Read more

EIJANAIKA (Shohei Imamura, 1981)
“As a spectacle, it's stunning in its dynamism and the last half-hour presents one of the most libidinal depictions of a mass uprising since Eisenstein restaged the storming of the Winter Palace.… Read more

EIJANAIKA (Shohei Imamura, 1981)
The second year of the Keio Era (1 866) Japan is in the midst of a turbulent period Boiling in the minds of the masses is something pointing toward the coming of a new age While transporting raw silk… Read more

ELECTRIC DRAGON 80,000 VOLTS (Ishii Sogo, 2000)
Playing by a high-voltage power pylon as a child, Dragon Eye Morrison receives a massive electric shock. Rather than terminate his young life, the charge ignites a long dormant, prehistoric predispos… Read more

eli, eli, lema sabachtani' (Aoyama Shinji, 2004)
"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me'" Christ's plea from the cross resonates through Aoyama Shinji's ([Eureka], MIFF 00) bleak vision of a post-apocalyptic world overwhelmed with despair. Feat… Read more

Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Shuji Terayama, 1971)
With Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Shuji Terayama takes a Lord of the Flies story hook and milks it to immoral extremes. His hand-held pastiche depicts a world ruled by children - children who, armed with … Read more

EMPIRE OF PASSION (Nagisa Oshima, 1978)
Nagisa Oshima, in his companion piece to his celebrated Empire of the Senses, once again turns to the subject of passion and death, and once again, to a real happening — this time taking place … Read more

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